Suzanne Hetzel received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, and a Master of Education from National Louis University. She is a Signature Member of the Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Illinois Watercolor Societies, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. While watercolor is her preferred medium, Suzanne also paints in acrylic, and continues to draw and sketch almost every day. Suzanne has taught workshops and classes at the college level, as well as for children and adults for the last 12 years, and continues to be inspired by her students as she strives to inspire them. Her work, biography, tips on painting, suggested references, exhibits, and awards can be seen on her website, www.dragonflywatercolors.com.
Harry H. Hitzeman Jr. is a professional fine art landscape and nature photographer and instructor. Harry’s childhood revealed an innate talent for drawing and painting. Throughout his career as a structural engineer and then an internet consultant, Harry found creative solutions to his client’s problems. In 2004 he found a place to fully express his creative vision in the world of digital photography and its growing capabilities for artistic image editing.
Harry has taught classes for Digital Photo Academy, Ghost Ranch, Out of Chicago Conferences, and local camera clubs in DuPage County. His most exciting photographs are of the landscapes of our National Parks, National Forests, National Seashores, and the Canadian Rockies. Harry is constantly searching for hidden gems of stunning natural majesty and beauty, as well as rural and urban locales in the Chicago Area.
Harry brings a joy and appreciation of beauty in all forms to his work. His work reflects his reverence for life and his intention to hold the broadest horizon of awareness in whatever he does. As a teacher, Harry’s generosity of spirit and humor create a fun yet practical learning experience.
You may view his work at hitzemanphotography.com and www.flickr.com/photos/hitzeman
Traci Limes graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education. She has a Masters in Education from the University of Toledo and taught art to students from kindergarten through sixth grade. She has a certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the Morton Arboretum and continues to take new classes in various mediums. Her favorite media is colored pencil and graphite and her favorite subject matter is botanical, working on textures and creating unique compositions. She is a member of the Natures Artist Guild with the Morton Arboretum. She loves new pencils and pens of all kinds, sketchbooks, art books, stationary and a nice cup of tea.
Suzanne is originally from New Orleans and received her art degree from Michigan State University. In 1991 she met Chang Li, a Chinese artist and visiting professor at Elgin Community College. Suzanne left her twelve-year banking career to paint and study with Chang Li before his return to China. Suzanne has had many one woman shows and participated in numerous exhibits. Her work is in corporate and public collections throughout the US. She is known for her paintings of the Midwest landscape, a body of work she calls her "Heartland Images." Her work may be seen at www.spmassion.com.